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Christ Church Sunday Morning Service (9:00am)
March 12, 2017 @ 9:00 am - 11:00 am
ANNOUNCEMENTS & MEDITATION
– CALL TO WORSHIP –
Minister: Bless the Lord who forgives our sins.
Congregation: His mercy endures forever.
Minister: Lift up your hearts!
Congregation: We lift them up to the Lord!
With All My Heart My Thanks I’ll Bring……….182
– CONFESSION –
CONFESSION OF SIN
Congregation is invited to kneel if able
+ ASSURANCE OF PARDON
Minister: Your sins are forgiven through Christ.
Congregation: Thanks be to God!
+ CONFESSION OF FAITH: APOSTLES CREED
Minister: Christian, what do you believe?
Congregation: I believe in God the Father Al-
mighty, Maker of heaven and earth, and in Je-
sus Christ, his only begotten Son, our Lord.
He was conceived by the Holy Ghost, and born
of the virgin, Mary. He suffered under Pontius
Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried. He
descended into Hades. On the third day He
rose again from the dead, ascended into Heav-
en, and sits at the right hand of God the Father
Almighty; from thence He will come to judge
the living and the dead. I believe in the Holy
Ghost, the holy catholic Church, the commu-
nion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the res-
urrection of the body, and the life everlasting.
+ RESPONSIVE READING: HEIDELBERG
CATECHISM: QUESTION 81
Minister: Who ought to come to the table of
Congregation: Those who are displeased with
themselves for their sins, and who nevertheless
trust that these sins have been forgiven them
and that their remaining weakness is covered by
the passion and death of Christ, and who also
desire more and more to strengthen their faith
and improve their life. The impenitent and
hypocrites, however, eat and drink judgment to
Psalm 67……………………………bulletin pg. 6-7
– CONSECRATION –
+ SCRIPTURE READING
Deuteronomy 8:1-10; Luke 4:1-13
Reader: The Word of the Lord.
Congregation: Thanks be to God!
CC: Jachin Michael Jedidiah Knittel,
Hialeah Memphis Rench
Congregational Charge: Little child, for you Jesus
Christ came to this earth, struggled and suf-
fered; for your sake He crossed Gethsemane
and went through the darkness of Calvary; for
your sake He cried: ‘It is finished’; for your sake
He died and for your sake He overcame death;
indeed for your sake, little child, and you—
still— know nothing of it. And thus the word of
the apostle is confirmed: ‘We love God, for He
loved us first.’
(Taken from an old French Reformed Baptism Rite)
Opening: Daniel 2:20,21
Thanksgiving: Psalm 95:1-2
Petitions: Daniel 9:18
CC: Psalm 88/The Black PsalmSermon
In a certain sense, all the psalms are Messianic, all of them point to Jesus. Because this psalm is
particularly dark, some might want to argue that perhaps it is less the case here. But I think we
should go the other way. This psalm is dark, but consider the darkness Jesus went through for us.
There may be lesser applications for us—wherever the Head is, the body is not far away—but we
will consider this psalm as preeminently fulfilled in the moment when Christ was abandoned for
“O Lord God of my salvation, I have cried day and night before thee: Let my prayer come before
thee: Incline thine ear unto my cry; For my soul is full of troubles: And my life draweth nigh unto
the grave . . .” (Ps. 88:1–18).
SUMMARY OF THE TEXT:
This dark psalm begins with the cry of faith—“God of my salvation” (v. 1). He is in great anguish,
crying out day and night (v. 1). He wants his cry to come before the Lord because his soul is full
of trouble and he is on the brink of death (v. 2). He is reckoned among those who descend to
Sheol, or the pit (v. 3). He is counted among the dead (vv. 4-5). He is in the pit because God has
put him there (v. 6). The wrath of God rests upon him, and all the waves of God wash over him
(v. 7). His friends and acquaintances have scattered (v. 8). He has called out to God daily, but to
no effect (v. 9). Will the dead praise God (v. 10)? Will God’s lovingkindness and faithfulness be
declared in the grave and underworld (v. 11-12)? He continues to cry out to God (v. 13). Lord,
why do you cast me off? Why have you forsaken me (v. 14)? He has been ready to die from his
youth on (v. 15). The fierce wrath of God overwhelms him (v. 16). God’s terrors envelop him like
water (v. 17). God has ripped away from him those who are dear to him (v. 18).
THE CENTRAL DARKNESS:
At the creation of the world, darkness was on the face of the deep and the Spirit moved on the
face of the waters (Gen. 1:2). At the dying of Jesus, darkness covered all the land for three hours
(Matt. 27:45), and at the death of Jesus the veil in the Temple was ripped in two (Matt. 27:51). Jesus
cried out in utter abandonment, “My God, my God . . .” (Matt. 27:46). In this moment, there was
nothing attractive about Him (Is. 53:2). “For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin;
that we might be made the righteousness of God in him” (2 Corinthians 5:21). This is the mystery
of propitiation, where the wrath of God is fully poured out—and anticipated here in this psalm.
LORD GOD OF MY SALVATION
The only words of hope in this psalm are in the very beginning of it. There is this expression of
hope at the start, and it is all downhill from there. The psalm ends by driving into the brick wall
of black despair. The first verse is Jesus setting His face to do what must be down. He sets His
face like flint to go to Jerusalem (Is. 50:7). Lord God of my salvation. He prays that the will of
the Father be done, and not His own (Matt. 26:39). Lord God of my salvation. He, for the joy
that was set before Him, endured the cross, despising the shame (Heb. 12:2). Lord God of my
salvation. What the Lord Jesus knew in the light, He held onto in the darkness.
DOWN TO THE PIT:
A number of words are used to describe the realm of shadows, the realm of the dead. One He-
brew word for it is Sheol (v. 3), with the Greek equivalent as Hades. Another word is bor, or pit (v.
4). Then there is qeber, or burial chamber (v. 5). And the deeps (v. 6), also associated with Sheol.
Another word is destruction, or Abaddon (v. 11). The cry here is one of rhetorical despair, with the
implied answer of “no one will hear in the land of forgetfulness.”
But even here, God answered prayer. Jesus descended to the lower parts of the earth (Eph. 4:9).
He preached to the spirits who had been disobedient at the time of Noah (1 Pet. 3:18-19). God
did not abandon His soul to Hades (Ps. 16:10; Acts 2:27, and so when He came back from the
dead, the righteous dead came with Him (Matt. 27:51-53). He then led captivity captive and gave
gifts to me (Eph. 4:8).
Jesus experienced the full wrath of God (Rom. 3:25; 1 John 4:10). It was all poured out upon
Him. And as we see from the expressions of this psalm, He did not experience it as a “theologi-
cal truth.” Jesus cried out in actual despair, and in that cry of despair He reconciled the world to
God. “To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their
trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation” (2 Cor. 5:19). “Thy
wrath lieth hard on me” (v. 7). “suffer thy terrors” (v. 15). “Thy fierce wrath goeth over me” (v. 16).
And why? All for you.
Jesus calls us His friends ( John 15:15), and He felt the abandonment by his disciples acutely (Luke
22:61). It is a significant part of this lament as well. God as put away His acquaintance far from
Him (v. 8). God has made Him an abomination to them (v. 8). Lover, and friend, and acquaintance
have been removed (v. 18). They have gone into blackness.
And what was it all for? Why did this psalm have to end in this way? So that we would not end
in this way. “I will declare thy name unto my brethren: In the midst of the congregation will I
praise thee” (Ps. 22:22).
He died in shame so that He might receive eternal glory. He died without a people so that He
might have a people. Jesus died friendless so that He might have friends forever.
CCD: Jonah 3 (Ty Knight)Sermon
Christ Church Downtown Sermon Outline
Text: Jonah 3:1-10
ARISE, GO TO NINEVEH, AGAIN (3:1-3)
The LORD re-issues Jonah’s mission––Go to Nineveh, and the LORD also re-instates Jonah as a
prophet (1-2). Jonah now obeys, and he begins a very long walk to Nineveh. The city is so large that
it requires a three day journey to travel through (3) which would remind Jonah on another three day
journey he’s recently made.
40 DAYS AND OVERTURNED (3:4)
Jonah cries out, “Yet forty days, and Nineveh shall be overthrown!” (4) Forty is one of those important
and often used numbers in the Bible that indicates a time of testing which follows some kind of
baptism and prepares for a great work. The word for overthrown is “haphak.” More than “throwing,”
this word has the sense of “turning.” “Yet forty days, and Nineveh shall be overturned.” Which way
is God going to turn them?
BELIEF AND SACKCLOTH (3:5-8)
The people of Nineveh believe God (5). This belief causes them to voluntarily enter the judgment
of death. By calling for a fast and putting on sackcloth, they act as if they were in fact a city already
overthrown. The king too replaces all his pride and pomp (6) and orders that Nineveh be made to
look like a city fire-bombed in the hopes that the LORD’s fire would be diverted (7-8).
THE TURN OF HUMILITY (3:8-9)
The king and the people of Nineveh give a clear picture of repentance––identify their sin (8), humble
themselves (6-8), turn from their sin (8). Nineveh knows that they deserve God’s wrath and knew
it is coming in forty days. They believed and acted as those who really were on fire. They stopped,
dropped, and rolled in their repentance to the coming firestorm of God’s judgment.
JESUS AND NINEVEH: REPENT (3:10)
God first shows Nineveh their great evil so they can then know His great mercy (10). The reason
God can show great mercy to Nineveh, Jonah, and you is because He showed no mercy to Jesus on
the cross. Jonah and his preaching led to Nineveh’s repentance. Jesus, the Greater Jonah, has come
with a greater sign––death and resurrection, and preaches a greater message. What’s your response?
Be like the city of Nineveh––repent! (Mt. 12:39-41)
– COMMUNION –
The Eyes of All upon Thee Wait………………………189
Ye Choirs of New Jerusalem………..bulletin pg. 8-9
– COMMISSIONING –
+ CLOSING DOXOLOGY
The congregation may raise hands
CHARGE & BENEDICTION
The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love
of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit
be with you all. Amen. 2 Corinthians 13:14
Join us after the service for our weekly Psalm Sing.